The Effects Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Long Term

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What interesting business, this is. I was quite relieved to read the comment of Ondersma and colleagues (2001) after reading the original study, because I was utterly appalled at the original work (Rind, Tromovitch, Bauserman, 1998). Like, I had to put it down, and walk away, and come back again, appalled. I was very glad that others had the exact same questions and reservations that I do. One of the criticisms raised by Ondersma and colleagues (2001) is the issue of using the college student population as the basis of a study to look at the effects of childhood sexual abuse long term. I feel very strongly that I need to elaborate on that, and problems it likely presents. According to Rind, Tromovitch, and Bauserman (1998), only 50% of American adults go to college. This cuts out half of the general American population right there. In addition, many of those who were sexually abused as kids may well never make it to college, for lots of different reasons, including the fact that they may never have had access to the necessary resources—mental, emotional, financial, psychological, etc.—to ever get there. Some may run away from home to escape abuse, and end up homeless or otherwise struggling just to keep a roof over their heads. Others may end up as teenage parents, who are too busy trying to survive and keep their children fed to have the luxury of higher education. Still others may succumb to the unrelenting dark reality of living with the depression, anxiety,
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